Find support for Cannabis and Depression

One of the most common mental health disorders, approximately 7.8% of adults in the United Kingdom currently meet the diagnosis criteria for depression.

Although NHS England has noted an increase in the number of people accessing treatment for depression, with approximately 1.4 million referrals made each year, figures suggest that millions of individuals continue to miss out on the treatment they require to reduce the impact depression has on their life.

While treatment is not sought for various reasons, it is evident that many are afraid to secure treatment due to the stigmas associated with mental health disorders.

Instead of securing professional help, those struggling with depression continue to battle the psychological disorder alone. Regrettably, when treatment for depression is not sought, depression is known to intensify.

This sadly gives way to a plethora of additional physical and psychological illnesses and disorders.

Much research has determined that individuals with depression are twice as likely to use cannabis than those who do not struggle with a mental health disorder.  Unfortunately, this puts many at risk of developing coexisting cannabis and depression disorders.

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Why Do People With Depression Use Cannabis?

Defined as a depressive disorder that induces extreme bouts of sadness, prolonged low moods and a feeling of numbness, depression arises from various factors such as trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and genetics.  Medical professionals also state that depression is often caused by a chemical imbalance within the brain.

Irrespective of the cause of depression, when professional help is sought, antidepressants are typically prescribed to restore and balance neurotransmitters that ultimately control moods and emotions.

However, as noted above, instead of seeking professional help, many individuals turn to cannabis.

Known to be a psychoactive drug that reduces brain function, enhances an individual’s mood and produces feelings of euphoria, cannabis is often used by those struggling with depression as it enables them to self-medicate.

Although the ‘high’ and sense of euphoria that cannabis provides enables users to forget their worries for some time, the side effects of cannabis are short-lived.

What Impact Does Cannabis Use Have On Depression?

As the side effects of cannabis wear off, larger quantities are often consumed.  While many believe that cannabis is not harmful, this is sadly not true.

Not only does frequent cannabis use come hand-in-hand with grave physical and psychological side effects, but cannabis use has been linked to more severe cases of depression.

Sadly, research has also indicated that individuals who use and abuse cannabis to relieve depression are more likely to experience a slower recovery and more significant depressive symptoms.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment For Cannabis Abuse and Depression

Unbeknown to many, when cannabis and depression disorders coexist, dual diagnosis treatment must be secured.

Unlike treatment that is simply provided for one disorder or illness, dual diagnosis treatment combines various treatments to ensure that a cannabis and depression disorder can be treated and overcome simultaneously.

Here at Asana Lodge, we provide dual diagnosis treatment to clients from all walks of life.  If you have found yourself reliant on cannabis and battling depression, we welcome you to secure dual diagnosis treatment at our residential rehab.

To offer greater insight into our dual diagnosis treatment, we have outlined just a few of our treatments below.


1. Detoxification

Upon commencing dual diagnosis treatment, it is vital that a medically induced detoxification is administered.

A medically induced detoxification encourages the body and brain to begin to withdraw from cannabis.  This essentially means that any harmful toxins that have been administered will be removed from the body.

As toxins leave the body and brain, withdrawal symptoms are often encountered.  While withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, they are easy to manage.

2. Rehabilitation

Upon completing a medically induced detoxification, rehabilitation commences.  At Asana Lodge, our dual diagnosis rehabilitation treatment combines psychological and well-being therapies that continue to be highly effective in treating cannabis and depression disorders.

Below, we have listed the psychological and well-being therapies available at our rehab.

  • Trauma and abuse counselling
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Satori Chair Therapy
  • Stress management
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family therapy
  • Meditation
  • Art and gong therapy
  • Relaxation and sleep management
  • Self-help sessions

It should be noted that all of our therapies can be tailored to the specific needs of our clients.  With this in mind, should you attend our residential rehab for dual diagnosis treatment, you may encounter more than one of our therapies.

Irrespective of the therapy you are offered, you will have the opportunity to learn how to manage your feelings.  You will also have the tools you need to understand the cause of your coexisting cannabis and depression disorder.

In addition, throughout your treatment, our well-being therapies will help you relax and reflect on your cannabis and depression disorder.

3. Aftercare Support

Following your time in our rehab, you will be provided with 12-months of free aftercare support.  This additional support will help you maintain your sobriety and manage your depression.

You will be encouraged to attend weekly sessions on Zoom to make sure that you stay on track.

The aftercare support you are offered will be tailored to your personal needs to ensure that you have the best chance of making a long-term recovery.

Contact Us Today For Immediate Support

If your life has become significantly impaired by cannabis and depression, and you find yourself ready to take the first step in securing a more positive outlook on life, please contact us today for immediate support.

With our support, you will be able to turn your life around and relieve yourself of the pessimistic ramifications experienced as a result of cannabis and depression.

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John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 9 July 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 21/02/2022 12:00 am

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures